Germany


Payments start-up Cookies crumbles

Berlin-based payments start-up Cookies has ended its short life and applied for insolvency. As Banking Technology reported in August, Cookies launched its peer-to-peer (P2P) payment app in Germany. The app was in beta phase and in invite-only mode. However, in a statement, Cookies co-founder Lamine Cheloufi says the other co-founder, Garry Krugljakow, has been dismissed. […]

Case study: Consorsbank – the pursuit of app-iness

New retail banking apps are released onto the market daily – from traditional banks entering the app era to new disruptive payments services. What does each one of these apps have in common? The need to perform. When Consorsbank, part of BNP Paribas Germany, launched its retail app, it knew performance mattered. The bank shares how it delivered an app that consumers wanted.

Commerzbank in major job cutting spree

Commerzbank has firmed up plans to lay off nearly 5,000 people. Around 3,000 job cuts will be across the bank’s branch network at home in Germany. Another 1,900+ jobs will be eliminated outside Germany and across Commerzbank’s subsidiaries.

Commerzbank processes first live BPO between Germany and China

Commerzbank has processed its first transaction settled by a bank payment obligation (BPO) between Germany and China. The BPO covers the export of chemicals between Commerzbank’s customer (the buyer), Trigon Chemie in Germany. The seller is an unnamed customer of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China in Beijing. Trade business between the two was previously […]

Evangelische Bank finds Profidata’s Xentis heavenly

Germany-based Evangelische Bank has implemented Profidata’s Xentis as its central platform for portfolio management and for performing depositary functions; and Xpass for automating all order and trade management processes. Swiss firm Profidata says the bank has seen an increase in its number of clients and order volume, so decided on a new portfolio management system […]

SKG Bank launches digital-only lending and consumer credit service

SKG Bank, the consumer finance arm of Deutsche Kreditbank (DKB), has unveiled a digital-only lending and consumer credit service. In co-operation with Munich-based FinTecSystems, DKB says in the future loans can be arranged without submitting documents such as bank statements. Thomas Teuber, director of SKG Bank, says its customers “can close more quickly and completely […]

Volksbank eG pioneers NCR Innovation Experience Room

NCR Corporation has introduced “a completely new concept” – NCR Innovation Experience Room – an “experimental playground” for financial institutions to “build digital literacy among employees and customers”. Germany-based Volksbank eG Schwarzwald Baar Hegau has become the first taker. It has introduced an experiential room where customers and employees can discover and experience new technologies. […]

Payments start-up Cookies launches in Germany

Berlin-based start-up Cookies has launched its peer-to-peer (P2P) payment app in Germany. The app is in its beta phase and currently in invite-only mode. Everyone who registered on its website in the past few weeks and months gets a personal invite code, allowing them to use the Cookies App. It says anyone who’s not yet […]

FinTech Group and Rocket Internet team up for digital banking launch

FinTech Group and Rocket Internet have formed a technology partnership, with the first step to launch a digital bank. Based on the banking licence of its subsidiary bank Biw, FinTech Group will provide Rocket Internet the infrastructure such as its own, proprietary core banking system and automated processes. In addition, XCOM, FinTech Group’s technology supplier, […]

Deutsche Bank gets go-ahead for 3,000 job cuts; invests €750m in digital projects

Deutsche Bank has got the green light from its work council to cut 3,000 full-time jobs. The cuts mainly impact retail and commercial business lines, with separate talks to be held regarding job cuts across other divisions. This development is part of Deutsche Bank’s major initiative to turn its fortunes around, announced last autumn. 9,000 […]

Commerzbank launches peer-to-peer lending platform for SMEs, Main Funders

Commerzbank says it’s the first major bank in Germany to develop this type of digital financing marketplace. Main Funders is aimed at SMEs. Main Funders enables clients of Commerzbank’s Mittelstandsbank (MSB) business division (which caters for SMEs) to present concrete investment projects to potential investors and secure financing. The financing volumes are between €200,000 and […]

Interview: Ramin Niroumand, co-founder of FinLeap

Berlin-based fintech incubator FinLeap and solarisBank have created the first global banking platform, called Solaris – a Banking-as-a-Platform (BaaP) service. What is it all about and how is it going to make its mark on the fintech industry? Devie Mohan interviews FinLeap’s co-founder, Ramin Niroumand. The solarisBank launch has been in the press quite a […]

New digital bank for SMEs gearing up for launch in Germany

Penta Bank is a new digital banking player in Germany working towards a spring 2017 launch. Penta’s initial target market will be German and French SMEs. “Our target businesses are funded start-ups and SMEs that are cashless,” says Luka Ivicev, Penta’s head of product. Penta has been in the making since February this year. Usability […]

New major IT renovation project for SAP in Germany

Germany’s largest building society, Bausparkasse Schwäbisch Hall, is modernising its core banking operations with SAP. The building society is implementing SAP’s Deposits Management and Loans Management systems. The project has been underway since late 2015. Bausparkasse Schwäbisch Hall was established in the 1930s. Today, it has 7.5 million customers in Germany and over three million […]

Germany: the sparkasse of innovation

As established banks migrate to a digital era, new entrants in the German market are threatening to seize the moment. “We see a change in society; in the way that smart phone adoption feeds back into the way we run our business,” says Andreas Vollmer, chief IT architect of Commerzbank. “It is not just about […]

SIA sets sights on German P2P mobile payments market

Italian payments company SIA is expanding its P2P service Jiffy into Germany, together with IT firm GFT Technologies. The move is part of SIA’s plan to roll out real time money transfer via mobile phone to 400 million European current account holders.

Algo tagging: where’s the logic in that?

When the requirement brought about by the German high frequency trading act to tag algorithms comes into force this month, market participants may well feel hamstrung by the complexity of the regime – and some might wonder whether this requirement goes one step too far …